The autopsy and dissection room within a morgue in the city of Pripyat. Pripyat is within the exclusion zone put in place as a result of the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Experts believe that this zone will not be safe again for human life for another 20,000 years.
Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, soviet Mil Mi-26 “Halo” helicopters spraying coagulant agents, called burba, around the stricken plant and surrounding areas, in order to force radiation particles floating in the air to precipitate onto the ground, to prevent further expansion of the nuclear contamination, and to enable ground personnel to collect and bury the now contaminated soil.
On April 26, 1986, the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred at the
Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Kiev. A massive explosion destroyed the No. 4
reactor, spewing radioactive material into the atmosphere. 31 people died
immediately, thousands more were contaminated and over 150,000 people had to be relocated.
Chernobyl’s new containment building, the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement, currently under construction and scheduled to be finished in 2017, build as the old building, the sarcophagus, was deemed irreparable in the late nineties.
This one is designed to last 100 years, which then would have to be followed by another building, as it will take centuries for the radiation to dissipate.
US nuclear agency hid concerns over nuclear plants
NBC News: In the days following the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission made a concerted effort to play down the risk of earthquakes and tsunamis to American nuclear plants, thousands of internal emails show
Most of you reading this article are at least vaguely familiar with the Chernobyl disaster, a clusterfuck of experimentation and negligence that led to the worst nuclear plant disaster in history. It irradiated a huge area around the plant and left the neighboring town of Pripyat so much of a ghost town that we declared it one of the creepiest places on Earth. It’s so apocalyptic that they’ve even based video game levels on it.
But even in this area that is as close to Fallout-like radioactive wasteland as real world can offer, life prevails. The dead, contaminated Red Forest created by the radiation is showing signs of life. Rare and endangered animals have found a safe haven in the area avoided by humans. And, inside the ominous plant – on the Ground Zero site – mushrooms are happily feasting on radiation.
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Bands don’t typically use end-of-world scenarios as source material for their music. But Tokyo-based duo Roth Bart Baron (@rothbartbaron) thrive on doing just that: Their feature-length debut, The Ice Age, released last year, speculated on a sudden glacial shift blanketing the earth, while upcoming sophomore effort, Atom, draws on vocalist Masaya Mifune’s childhood visions of an apocalyptic future.
“Atom was inspired by the ‘80s and ‘90s science-fiction that I watched when I was growing up — movies like Terminator, Total Recall and Blade Runner,” explains Masaya. “As a child, I used to imagine a future where nuclear war could turn the world into a dystopia. Of course that didn’t happen, but it meant thinking of the idea that everything could end as something actually positive: it meant not having to think about the future.”
It’s a timely thought, given that Japan is still collectively and culturally coming to terms with 2011’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, with a strong anti-nuclear sentiment frequently visible at protests and demonstrations. “The government is optimistic that stopgap festivities like the 2020 Olympics might make a difference, but make no mistake, Japanese people are calling out for new ideas and real change,” says Masaya. “It’s hope mixed with despair. That’s what we were thinking of when we made Atom.”
While that could make for somber listening, Roth Bart Baron excels at creating ruminative soundscapes, and its detached view on humanity lends the music an unmistakably ethereal quality. The band recorded and mixed down Atom at Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s renowned Montreal studio Hotel2Tango. The influence of the Canadian post-rockers can be felt in the group’s attention to intricacy and analog warmth. Although Masaya mainly plays guitar, alongside percussionist Tetsuya Nakahara, the addition of extra instruments, including traditional taiko drums, mandolins and fiddles, gives each track a subtle depth.
The recording process for Atom also indirectly highlighted another of the members’ qualities: their keen eye for visuals and aesthetics. The group had already experimented with video, creating time-lapse clips of their gigs during their tour of America in 2014, and this time took the idea a step further, uploading footage from the recording studio. Rather than just documenting the process in a straightforward manner, Masaya, who studied film at university, decided to add a darkly conceptual twist to the proceedings. Visually, the clips are fascinating in and of themselves, utilizing 360-degree camera technology to turn simple, everyday moments like the group’s walk to the studio into something more otherworldly. But it’s Masaya’s reasoning behind the videos that’s even more interesting, as he looks to critically comment on contemporary society’s transformation into a surveillance state.
“Given that Google Maps means that we can already practically peer [at] our houses from our computers at any time of the day, there’s a danger that as-yet-unfinished technology like 360-degree cameras could also intrusively invade our lives,” he says. “So with these videos I wanted our fans to monitor as if we were prisoners. I wanted the viewers to try and assume the role of a fearsome jailer.”
Although it doesn’t feel as if there’s any malice in Masaya’s view of technology — if anything, it’s the same coolly removed viewpoint that seems to run through Roth Bart Baron’s body of work — it certainly contrasts with the band’s view of nature. Just as The Ice Age seemed to actively welcome the prospect of nature overpowering humanity, the band’s Instagram feed is full of photos of vast expanses of sky, verdant landscapes and epic vistas.
“Japanese forests are different from those in North America or Europe; they’re leaden with humidity, and you can get this terrifying sense that some unidentified creature might be lurking within — anyone who’s seen Hayao Miyazaki’s films will understand,” says Masaya. “Sometimes walking through places where there’s no sign of any humanity is a nice feeling. The sheer scale of nature is definitely something that’s connected to our music. I hope that everyone who comes to Japan will try walking through the forests here. You might feel afraid, but that’s what makes it so enjoyable!”
“Airplanes can crash. Ergo… We should stop using them.”
“Cars are dangerous.”
- What kind of car? A pinto or a cadillac? -
“Nuclear Power is dangerous.”
- There are different ways to do nuclear. Which one are you talking about? -
That’s essentially the logic of people who don’t support Nuclear Power.
No, when something breaks, you send in people to figure out how to make it safer. No system is foolproof, but that’s life. You can’t ban something just because it’s not 100% without problems.
I don’t see you protesting coal/oil/gas plants as vehemently as nuclear plants… Those three things together are the reason half of Florida will be underwater in the next hundred years. Nuclear Power is part of the SOLUTION.
IN THE EVENT OF A WORST-CASE SCENARIO:
No, there is not going to be a mushroom cloud-esque explosion. It’s not concentrated enough.
No, the radiation leakage is not going to poison everyone and everything, wiping out life as we know it. You’re in more danger from the Radon in your basement than from fallout from a nuclear power plant disaster.
No, it’s not going to cause the deaths of countless thousands/millions of people either in the short OR long term future via cancer, etc. Did you know that some people get cancer anyway without ANY fallout?
Animals, nature (and people), are more tolerant of radiation than you think, WITHOUT a group of mutated/deformed monsters being born in the next generation. Pesticides on crops cause more health problems for farm workers than radioactive fallout would cause on people living nearby.
STOP BEING AFRAID!!!
It does NOT contribute to greenhouse gasses. The amount of waste is so small and so manageable that it can be stored on site at the plant.
New power plant designs are actually able to run off of the waste from old ones.
Thorium, which is safer, more efficient, and more abundant than Uranium, is the next big thing in nuclear power with minimal waste.
Don’t shut down an entire branch of the energy industry because you don’t like it. You know what takes the place of a closed nuclear power plant? A gas or oil one.
Stop living in fear of a power source you don’t understand beyond the story-selling media, constantly searching for the next big thing with which to terrify the public.